October 10, 2008
IWALK because I am Italian-American, proud of Christopher Columbus, who discovered America. I walk because the Romans conquered half the world. Because our ancestors contributed blood, sweat, and tears, and they had dreams. On this day, we pay tribute not only to our countryman, Christopher Columbus, but to all of those who sacrificed for both countries, Italia and America. I was born in Napoli, province of Avellino, town of Montella. There I learned the meaning of gustizia, umilita, onesta (justice, humility, honesty)
October 10, 2011
By Daniel Deagler Although it's a national holiday, Columbus Day doesn't get much respect. In many places, kids don't even get a day off from school. Its main observation seems to consist of the suspension of mail delivery. One of 10 federal holidays, Columbus Day marks the anniversary of the great Genoese explorer's bumping into what is now the Bahamas, on Oct. 12, 1492 (Julian calendar reckoning). But a lot of modern Americans are ambivalent about the man and his accomplishment.
October 11, 1996 |
Four years ago, party poopers trashed what should have been a megabash, the quincentennial of America's discovery by Christopher Columbus. You've heard the litany of charges against the Admiral of the Oceans Wide - everything from genocide to poor map-reading skills. Guilty or innocent? Irrelevant. Columbus Day isn't about history, it's about ethnicity. It's the day we Italian Americans celebrate our heritage and commemorate the nine million discoveries of the New World made by our immigrant ancestors from the 1880s to the 1920s.
October 10, 1992
For years, the only thing controversial about Christopher Columbus was whether he did indeed discover America. Others were "first," Columbus debunkers insisted (always excepting the people who already lived here). In this 500th anniversary of Columbus's arrival, he is the subject of a more bitter controversy. Because he mistreated the natives and engaged in slavery, many say, he doesn't merit the admiration of subsequent generations. Columbus may not have been a very nice person.
October 4, 1991 |
Two events vie for your attention next weekend. One is Super Sunday, the city's annual Super Bowl of block parties. The other is a Columbus Day celebration, which begins the year-long Neighbors in the New World Festival. Both take place Oct. 13. The Columbus Day celebration will start with the traditional parade at 1 p.m. The parade will begin at Broad and Chestnut Streets and will proceed east on Chestnut to Penn's Landing, where festivities will already be under way at the Great Plaza.
October 6, 2000 |
The thermometer outside registered a summer-like 82 degrees, but Tamika Jenkins and her sister had winter on their minds - and bargains. Jenkins, 22, a tax examiner for the IRS who took the day off Wednesday to head for Columbus Day sales, couldn't resist a pair of red python leather boots on sale at the Cherry Hill Mall for $54, down from $60. Her sister, Valerie Finney, 42, snapped up a pair of tan ankle boots, originally $55, marked down to...
October 9, 2003 |
Despite what some would have us think, globalization is not a new concept. Consider this: Christopher Columbus (an Italian) was financed by Ferdinand and Isabella (Spanish monarchs) to circumvent the stranglehold Venice (an independent city-state) had on the traffic of spices from Africa, India and Asia. So on Aug. 3, 1492, Columbus set sail in search of new global trading routes and 10 weeks later bumped into the Americas. Madison Avenue would say he "opened a whole new market.
October 10, 1994 |
It was an I-love-a-parade afternoon, all warmth and sunshine. Jim Fregosi, grand marshal of the annual Columbus Day strut down Broad Street, smiled broadly and waved a red, white and green flag and greeted the onlookers as he marched to Marconi Plaza. He walked all the way from Federal Street to the shadows of Veterans Stadium, a stop-and-start journey of slightly more than an hour. The trek ended near where he is more familiarly known for his work as manager of the Phillies.
September 29, 1990 |
Right about this time every year, an intense debate rages among Hispanics, not only in the United States, but also in Spanish-speaking countries. How do we celebrate Columbus Day? Indeed, should we even celebrate it at all? Should we hail a discovery, remember an encounter or mourn an invasion? Many Hispanics want nothing to do with Columbus. They consider him little more than a man who launched European invasions that destroyed the ancient cultures of the Americas. Actually, Columbus Day, meaninglessly celebrated as an Italian holiday in the United States, should be the Hispanic holiday par excellence.
October 13, 2003 |
So, Teresa Cappuccio, what was Sunday's parade about? The 11-year-old paused. Err . . . "Columbus!" said her grandmother. "Columbus!" said her dad. Oh, yeah. Three generations of Cappuccios gathered at the very end of the parade route at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue yesterday to enjoy the 47th year of the procession. The day was windy and cool, the crowd polite and the Mummers colorful, but few recognized Columbus himself, riding in the parade in an unmarked convertible.